In 1816 a branch of the Royal Military Asylum, established at Chelsea in 1803, opened up in the former cavalry barracks on London Road. Opened in 1794, the barracks had become largely redundant by the ending of the Napoleonic Wars in 1815. The existing buildings were enlarged and adapted to house 400 boys, mainly the young sons of soldiers who had lost one or both parents. In 1823 the boys were moved back to Chelsea and orphan girls were brought in to take their place. The number of inmates gradually diminished and in 1840 the last of them were removed to Chelsea. A year later the buildings were taken over by the Ordnance Survey.

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Further reading:
More Stories of Southampton Streets, by A. G. K. Leonard, p52-53. (HS/h)
The Charity of Mars: a History of the Royal Military Asylum, by A. W. Cockerill, passim. (HS/lp)


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